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It took a while to get through to Nigel this morning with his phone constantly busy in the run up to the Grand National, butwe can report that all is well with Blaklion who is in good heart at home and strongly fancied by connections, but before then we have two other days of top quality racing to talk about.
Nigel’s Charity Bet
As always, we’ve given Nigel a £50 charity bet to place on a horse of his choice – and this weekend the money will be on…..
Aintree 4.40pm Thursday – Foxtail Hill at 12/1 Each Way
“My fellow was bowling along comfortably in front and running a really big race before crashing out at the eighth fence at Cheltenham, and we will never know how he would have done as Willie had yet to ask him any kind of question. I was disappointed to put it mildly but he has come out of the race well and is schooling brilliantly at home and has a much better chance than his price suggests.”
If Foxtail Hill scores, we’ll donate the winnings to the Injured Jockeys Fund!
Thursday’s Other Runners:
Flying Angel 1.45pm Aintree
“I didn’t have the best of Festivals as I am sure you all know, and Flying Angel was another unlucky one of mine when brought to a standstill in the JLT Chase when Balko Des Flos fell and effectively wiped out any chance he had. He is better than that and looked in line for a place at least in my eyes, and if he can get round in one piece this afternoon he could surprise them all today.”
Bristol De Mai 2.50pm Aintree
“I haven’t lost an ounce of faith in Bristol De Mai who is a top class chaser given the right conditions to be seen at his best. I felt the quicker ground was against him at Cheltenham but he still ran an acceptable race back in seventh, but he could do with a lot more rain to be seen at his peak this afternoon. Track and trip won’t be an issue at all but if it gets any quicker I may have to pull him out as I don’t want to risk him on faster ground with so many good years still ahead of him.”
The New One 3.25pm Aintree
“Firstly, my apologies. I did have every intention of running him over three miles but have changed my mind and decided to run him here instead as we know he can win over course and distance having taken this race in 2014 and finished second the year before. He did come down last year but seems in great form at home, and although this is a tough ask against the likes of Buveur D’Air we have stamina on our side and I am sure he will run a huge race.”
Nigel Twiston-Davies will be back each and every week with his thoughts exclusively for myracing.com as well as every day over the major meetings! To see what our tipsters are backing in all the weekend’s races, check out our free daily horse racing tips!